Business Title

Junior Scientific Programmer

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Harvard Medical School


USA - MA - Boston

Job Function

Information Technology

Time Status



Biomedical Informatics


35 hrs/wk; Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Salary Grade



55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers

Duties &

The Park lab in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at HMS is a computational genomics lab specializing in genome analysis. The lab consists of highly talented and productive researchers from various quantitative fields. This Junior Scientific Programmer will work on data management, code optimization, and running analysis modules for the lab. Examples:

  • When requested by lab members, he/she will retrieve genomic data from various databases, e.g., CGHub (Cancer Genomics Hub) and dbGaP (database of Genotypes and Phenotypes). These are large and complex datasets and special protocols are needed to search and download them. Datasets and analysis results also need to be organized.
  • The analyst will run bioinformatics programs developed in the Park lab on these datasets. This involves submitting jobs to the compute cluster, identifying problems, and interpreting the results. The number of datasets is large and running these jobs often require manual intervention.
  • Some projects require efficient implementation of algorithms. The analyst may assist in taking research-level code to production-level code, creating documentations, and answering questions from users.

Basic Qualifications

Some experience with sequencing data and bioinformatics methods are highly desirable. Strong programming skills and attention to detail are essential.

Additional Qualifications

Bachelor's degree preferred. Experience in the programming language R preferred. Strong organizational skills and ability to work well with others.

Additional Information

This is a 6-month term appointment with a strong possibility of renewal.

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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.